Nashville Sights

Downtown Nashville has much to offer in the way of history, music, entertainment, dining, and specialty shopping. It's also undergoing many changes. Music City Center, a new convention center complex, offers spruced up museums and streetscapes, with new attractions and hotels to follow.

To get a more complete feeling for the city, you'll want to explore the area beyond downtown, too. Among

the offerings are historic plantations, a variety of museums covering everything from art to cars to science, and some great places for kids, including the Nashville Zoo—not to mention the Grand Ole Opry.

The Cumberland River horizontally bisects Nashville's central city. Numbered avenues, running north-south, are west of and parallel to the river; numbered streets are east of the river and parallel to it as well.

In East Nashville, across the river from downtown, small shops and galleries are popping up among the restored Victorian houses. Micro-neighborhoods with shopping, dining, and new living spaces are developing all over the city, including 12South and the Gulch.

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Lane Motor Museum

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One's man passion for automobiles (and motorcycles) led to this collection of mostly European vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from...

Nashville Shores

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Nashville Shores is a fun water park and marina on Percy Priest Lake with a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a 1,000-foot-long lazy river...


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An exact copy of the Athenian original, Nashville's Parthenon was constructed to commemorate Tennessee's 1897 centennial. Across the...

Riverfront Park

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Though considerably smaller than the Mississippi, the Cumberland River has been as important to Nashville as the Mississippi has been...

Ryman Auditorium and Museum

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A country-music shrine, the Ryman Auditorium and Museum was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 and is listed on the National...

Tennessee State Capitol

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The state capitol was designed by noted Philadelphia architect William Strickland (1788–1854), who was so impressed with his Greek...

Tennessee State Museum

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More than 6,000 artifacts and rotating art and history exhibits trace the state's development from the days of Native American settlement...

The Hermitage

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The life and times of Andrew Jackson, known as Old Hickory, are reflected with great care at this house and museum. Jackson built the...

The Johnny Cash Museum

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The legendary Man in Black now has a dedicated space in Nashville. Performance costumes, handwritten lyrics, a wall of gold and platinum...


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